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Old 04-03-2008, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, first post! I've been spectating the site for about two week or so and love all of the info. I've researched, looking for answers to my questions, but none of the threads quite hit the mark.

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I'm 6'2 230lbs, size 12 boot. I've only been boarding twice but I believe I've picked up on it very quickly. Stopping (both sides of the board), toe-side turns, heel-side turns, carving...everything came to me easy as hell.

I want to buy a board, preferably the Burton Bullet 164, or the Capita LCW 162.-- 1.Any preference or opinions on these? 2. Could I get away with a 159 cm board with my weight?

Another question--I need, roughly, a 258 waist with my size 12. And the Bullet has a waist of 262...3. would this be too wide? I love the feeling of having complete control of my board, so 4. would I be lacking the feeling and capabilities of quick and sharp turns with a 164?
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no experience with either board, so I'm not much help there. At your size you definately want something over 160. If you want a soft freestyle ride, you can do low 160s. If you want something stiff and responsive for freeride, you probably want something at least 165. Check the weight range for the boards you are interested in on their websites. As for width, anything in the 260 range is about right. 262 isn't too wide, it would be fine. Alot of wide boards have 265+.

Once you adjust to your new board and gain more skill, you should be able to turn quickly and have good control with a big board (i.e. the 164 your'e looking at). If you go small, you may be able to whip the board around quick, but it will be super soft and won't float in powder very well. P.S. floating in powder is the best thing you can do on a board IMO.

I'm 6'4'' 200 with size 12 boots and ride a 166 wide.
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply, bro.

What board do you ride? And how do you like the 164?
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sooner im a lil lighter than you, and have a slightly bigger foot and ride a burton 167w custom.. !
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow, no joke!?

Do you still have plenty of control with a board that big?
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply, bro.

What board do you ride? And how do you like the 164?
No problem. I ride a GNU 11up and the size feels right to me. I learned on a 165 so I've always ridden a pretty big board. If I end up gettting a second board for the park I will definately get something around 158-159 but 166 is a good size for an all purpose board.
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My backcountry powder board is a 169 mid wide!
I love seeing someone rocking the big board. My buddies think my 166 is huge but I love it's pop and stability.
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow, no joke!?

Do you still have plenty of control with a board that big?
dude, its like a monster truck...and as snowwolf mentioned, the only place it hurts a little is in the tight trees, but it will only make you a better rider...
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Alright, you guys have me convinced on the Burton 164.

Do I need to worry about 'tunning' the board since I only freeride?
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